This toolkit is a series of online modules that aims to provide students and staff with an understanding of entrepreneurship and relevant methods, such as design thinking, as well as skills, methods and tools they can use to solve problems, develop projects and launch startups and enterprises.
The modules are designed to be taken in any order based on the needs of the student, though the first introductory module is compulsory for all students as it sets them up with the necessary knowledge required to complete the remaining modules. Subject coordinators and tutors are able to access this content and use it in their classes.
We are also continually developing this content and open to collaborating on new content. The modules we are currently developing include modules focusing on ethics, intrapreneurship, product market fit, sustainability, and sales.
Welcome to Entrepreneurship at UTS
Want to go beyond the usual university experience and take advantage of the knowledge, skills and resources at UTS to create your own future? This introduction to the UTS Entrepreneurial Toolkit will unpack key concepts and help you get into the right mindset to approach the remaining modules.
What is Entrepreneurship?
Entrepreneur, startup, social impact - what do all these buzzwords mean in an expanding contemporary space? Break down these terms with entrepreneurship experts who share their insights and experiences.
Identifying an Opportunity
Understand industries, experiment with different approaches and be in tune with the community you’re trying to benefit. This module is designed to help you identify trends and shifts within industries to unlock opportunities for success.
Vision is valuable. The ability to craft a compelling entrepreneurial vision will keep your business on track and persuade your team and stakeholders to support your venture’s core reasoning. Learn how to develop your vision and communicate it to a wider audience in this module.
Activate your full creative potential and let your ideas flow. This module will introduce you to different methods of idea generation (or ideation) and help you select and share your best ideas.
Get hands on with empathy and ethics by developing practical skills in conducting empathy interviews, and creating field work plans and customer personas. Gain a deeper insight into the people you’re trying to help and the problems you’re trying to solve.
Do people actually want my product? Will my product achieve what I want for my audience?
Testing will help you find the answers to these important questions and more by familiarising you with Lean Startup Methodology and prototyping to validate, iterate and refine your product.
Lean Business Model Canvas
Develop a high-level overview of your venture with a one-page business plan tailored for startups. This module will assist you in challenging assumptions, validating business ideas, realising key focus areas and learning how to manage uncertainty.
Public speaking, presentation and the ability to persuade are critical skills in entrepreneurship and other industries. The more persuasive you are, the more your audience will accept your ideas and work towards realising them with you. This pitching module will guide you through presentation styles and techniques, slide decks and what makes a good pitch.
Ready to take the next step and turn your business idea into an actual business? From registering your name and getting an ABN, to tips and resources for bringing on shareholders, hiring staff, and finding the perfect location for your business — this module has you covered.
Make a difference in society and seek to do good. This module is designed to help you understand the importance of social entrepreneurship, how to create an official social enterprise, and the legal structures and business models required for financial viability.
Intellectual property principles
Intellectual property (IP) law is an area that is often confusing and overwhelming. Be guided through an introduction to basic IP law principles, definitions and concepts. Discover the difference between copyrights, patents, creative and inventive IP and how IP law operates in practice.
Intellectual property in commercial settings
Building upon intellectual property (IP) principles, explore how IP operates in commercial settings. Delve into legal mechanisms dealing with the concept of ownership under copyright and patent law, trademark laws and managing IP concerns relevant to your venture.